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: sophisticated, polished
Although they disagreed with the speaker, they were couth enough to listen to him respectfully.


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: polish, refinement
I expected kindness and gentility … but there is such a thing as too much couth.S. J. Perelman

Examples of couth in a Sentence

Adjective he's remarkably couth for someone who grew up in a small town with limited cultural opportunities Noun their future son-in-law's lack of couth was of some concern to this patrician couple
Recent Examples on the Web
Even some of Durant’s Warriors’ teammates manifested their artsiness in less-than-couth ways. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 11 June 2019

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Word History


Adjective and Noun

back-formation from uncouth

First Known Use


1896, in the meaning defined above


1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of couth was in 1896

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Cite this Entry

“Couth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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